Pendleton railway station

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For the disused station in Pendleton, Greater Manchester, on the Manchester to Preston line, see Pendleton Bridge station (Manchester to Preston Line).
Pendleton railway station in 1989.jpg
Pendleton railway station in 1989
Place Pendleton
Area Salford
Coordinates 53°29′32″N 2°17′03″W / 53.4922°N 2.2841°W / 53.4922; -2.2841Coordinates: 53°29′32″N 2°17′03″W / 53.4922°N 2.2841°W / 53.4922; -2.2841
Grid reference SJ813995
Original company Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
1 June 1889 (1889-06-01) Opened as Pendleton Broad Street
? Renamed Pendleton
1998 Formally closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Pendleton (Broad Street) railway station was a railway station serving Pendleton, a district of Salford. It was located on Broughton Road (A576) just behind St. Thomas' Church (Pendleton Church). It was about 100 yards further up Broughton Road from Pendleton Bridge railway station and nearer Pendleton Church and Broad Street (A6). This station was known as Pendleton Broad Street due to its closeness to the A6 Broad Street some 100 yards away. It was on the Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate line with a spur to the Manchester Victoria to Bolton line so trains to Bolton used it after the closure of Pendleton Bridge in 1966, and "Broad Street" was then dropped from its name.


The line from Windsor Bridge Junction (Salford) and Crow Nest Junction (Hindley), which shortened the route between Manchester and Liverpool, was authorised in 1883,[1] and in 1885 a connection was authorised from the new line at Brindle Heath to the Bolton line at Agecroft.[2]

A 1910 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing railways in the vicinity of Pendleton (upper left; shown here as PENDLETON (BROAD STREET))

The new lines opened in stages to goods traffic during 1887–88, and to passengers on 1 June 1889;[3] on that day the station initially named Pendleton Broad Street was also opened.[4] It had four platforms, as it served both the Bolton line (via the Brindle Heath Junction–Agecroft Junction connection) and the new Wigan line.[5]

Until the 1980s Pendleton was one of the more important stations on the Bolton-Manchester line, one of only two stations with a Sunday service. The nearby Salford Crescent railway station, which opened in 1987, however, took much of the passenger traffic away from Pendleton station, sending it into terminal decline.[6] In 1988 services to Bolton were withdrawn leaving Pendleton served by Atherton line trains only. An arson attack in July 1994 led to the station being closed temporarily by GMPTE,[7] though by this time it was only being served by 4 trains each day.[6] Final closure came in 1998 after it was deemed that repairing the damage caused by the vandalism would not represent good value for money:...The Franchising Director advertised the closure and, in assessing the impact of the closure the RUCC for North Western England concluded (on 6 May 1998) that no hardship would result from closure as no trains had called at Pendleton for four years.,[6] despite campaigns for it to be re-opened by Salford Council[7] in 1996.

Close to the station was a locomotive shed and sidings.


  1. ^ Marshall, John (1970). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 2. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 77, 94, 96. ISBN 0-7153-4906-6. 
  2. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 79
  3. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 93
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  5. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 94
  6. ^ a b c "Regulator allows closure of Pendleton station". Office of Rail Regulation. 1998-12-15. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  7. ^ a b "Announcing a station revival?". Bolton Evening News. 1996-01-26. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Agecroft Bridge
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Salford Crescent
Line and station open
Irlams o' th' Height
Line open, station closed